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Venezuela and the UAE

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11 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 25 March 2014

Anti-government protests have rumbled on in Venezuela since February, marking a new low for Nicolas Maduro, who has struggled as president since succeeding iconic Hugo Chavez almost a year ago. As Will Grant discovers, the country's economic woes are gradually drawing more and more moderate Venezuelans into the fray. What are the chances of a return to normality any time soon?

In Abu Dhabi, Shahidha Bari attends a poetry festival in the middle of the desert and discovers Bedouin life brought bang up to date. But as the Emirate's wealthy rulers introduce high-speed wi-fi and other mod cons into the dunes, is the region's traditional, nomadic lifestyle under threat?

(Photo: Fire on a barricade in San Cristobal, Venezuela. Credit: James Menendez)

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